Is Your Home Holiday-Ready? 10 Easy Ways to Get Prepared for the Festive Season!

December 6, 2017 by Leanne

As the holiday season approaches, we’re getting our homes ready with festive decor. But is your home truly guest ready? Now is a great time to make small changes with a big impact.

Here are a few ideas to make your home wonderfully welcoming for the season ahead:

Getting ready for the holidays!

  1. Do you have enough dining room seating? While you can buy a new dining room suite or a full complement of new chairs, how about simply adding a bench seat or two new featured chairs at either end of the table?
  2. Do you have enough living room seating? How about adding a few poufs? Not only are they fun and trendy, they’re portable too! Also consider a beautifully upholstered bench or a one-of-a-kind accent chair in a gorgeous colour or an ottoman that does double duty as a cocktail table. Be creative!
  3. Does your guest room need an update? If you’re having house guests during the holidays, be sure your guest room is freshened up for the season. How about a new upholstered headboard, a new throw, an accent chair in a bright hue or some new accessories? Let comfort and coziness be your guide!
  4. How about a freshly painted accent wall? It’s so easy to simply repaint one wall – and what a difference it makes! Charcoal grey adds contemporary drama. Red is rich (and festive!). Emerald green is organic and luxurious. Long after the holidays are over, you’ll love how a single accent wall transforms a room.
  5. Add texture with fabrics. Rugs. Draperies. Throws (even sheepskin!). Cushions. Table linens. The holidays are a perfect time to add new fabric accessories to your space. Choose something that will look great into the New Year and beyond. Stripes. Geometrics. Polka dots, Metallic accents. Faux fur. Almost-black neutrals. Saturated jewel tones. There’s so much to choose from!

    Getting ready for the Holidays!

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  6. Mirrors reflect light and open a space. I love how a mirror can reinvent a space. How about a large vertical mirror in your hallway? Or a horizontal mirror in your dining room? Or a round mirror over the dresser in the guest room? HINT: Mirrors are especially enchanting when reflecting holiday lights and candles.
  7. How about new dishware or flatware? Looking for a dramatic change without spending a lot? New dishes (even just serving dishes) can update a holiday table and create a whole new vibe. How about classic white or metallic-edged or something funky in a dark neutral? Try gold or gold-edged flatware to be ultra on trend.
  8. New lighting changes everything! Consider new lamps for the guest room, a chandelier for the foyer and sconces for the dining room. Lighting really modifies the mood of a room.
  9. Accent tables add personality and practicality. Accent tables are an ideal way to display bric-a-brac and festive treasures, but more importantly, they provide holiday guests with a place to rest a drink, hold a book or store their personal items. Choose an accent table in metallic gold, distressed grey wood or glass topped to be totally on trend.
  10. Don’t forget accessories! Of course your home is decorated for the holidays, but everyday accessories add charm and personality. Showcase a new piece of wall art, a new collection of family black & white photos or a terrarium with beautiful plant specimens. What makes your home unique makes it beautiful.

Christmas is just around the corner. With these easy changes, you’ll be guest ready in no time!

Grey Finished Furnishings: Going from Trendy to Timeless

November 27, 2017 by Leanne

We’re seeing more and more grey finished furnishings this season – in bedroom, dining room and accent pieces too. It’s an exciting trend. And while brown and blonde woods are timeless, grey finishes appear to be taking their own place as classics.

Here’s why we love grey finishes:

Grey suits many décor styles. Sleek and smooth or weathered and distressed, what’s your favourite finish for grey furniture? Whether your style is modern, country chic, or something in between, grey works. Consider the bedroom featured below. It’s contemporary, yet has a rustic touch. The weathered gray showcases the grains of the oak veneers, for a distinctive ‘old means new feeling’ that’s works perfectly for a transitional space.

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Grey adds texture and dimension to furniture. Grey brings the nuances of furniture forward, highlighting the details of the wood. The neutrality of grey makes the colour recede and the character of the wood emerge. It’s subtle, yet spectacular.

Grey looks amazing with black, today’s hippest neutral. Whether on walls, appliances or accessories, black is definitely this season’s ‘it’ neutral. But grey continues to dominate. A gentler neutral, grey furniture is less extreme than black – and will stand the test of time in your home.

grey finished furnishings

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Grey awakens metallics. Grey complements metallics, whether silver and pewter or brass and copper. The quiet neutrality of grey showcases the shimmer of metallics, whereas more dramatic colours would compete for attention.

Grey is diverse. Don’t limit your thinking about grey! It’s a surprisingly diverse colour, going from very warm to cool, from very light to dramatically dark. The mood and experience you want to create will determine your ideal shade of grey for furnishings and beyond. For example, look at the gorgeous bedroom featured with the lush smoky finish. It’s Asian influenced, clean, tailored and sleek. It creates a modern, glamourous feeling.

grey finished furnishings

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Grey is versatile. Grey furnishings blend well with almost any décor palette, softening brights, complementing other neutrals, grounding jewel tones and enriching pastels. Some may even say that grey furnishings are more versatile than traditional woods! Grey adds instant sophistication to any shade.

Grey links other colours. Think of grey like a palate cleanse for your home! It creates a bridge between brighter colours, a welcome sigh for your senses. Grey brings disparate shades together with its sophisticated neutrality. It creates a pedestal of sorts to display other colours and more vibrant pieces, allowing them to take centre stage while it anchors the space beautifully.

If you’re considering new furniture for your bedroom, dining room – or just an accent console or cocktail table – consider grey finished furnishings. It’s a fresh alternative that will look great year after year.